But Houston rapper OMB Bloodbath knew the man before he became a fatal victim of police brutality.
In a solemn essay for Billboard, the 26-year-old MC, whose real name is Alexandra Nicks, reflected on her friendship with Floyd.
“He was everyone’s uncle and godfather,” said OMB Bloodbath, who knew Floyd since she was a child, growing up in the same Third Ward neighborhood of Houston as him. “If you came up in that area, you knew who he was. He was just a very warm-hearted, nurturing dude. Anybody who was young and coming up, doing something with their lives, he made it a purpose to give them encouragement.”
OMB Bloodbath — who went viral with the #SoGoneChallenge and has been championed by none other than Missy Elliott — shared a special memory of Floyd: “They used to go out and gather up all the chairs and have church in the middle of the projects. There was a time when Floyd went out there with a kiddie pool and was helping baptize people.”
He was a man with a “heart of gold,” the rapper said: “You look at a dude that big and think he has to be some type of extra-hard gangsta, but he was the exact opposite. That’s why you hear a lot of people call him the gentle giant.”
“When my kids have kids, I want them to be able to tell the world about how George Floyd shook the world up.”
The rapper also revealed the supportive last message that she got from Floyd three weeks ago on Instagram: “He said, ‘I’m so proud of you and the way you have evolved . . . Your hunger is undeniable and the industry has no choice but to fold because you’re a kick-door musician . . . And all I’m asking you to do for me and our whole camp is keep that strong connection with father God . . . Love you, champ. Keep winning.’ ”